Once again we find our friends Dante and Virgil in the dismal gloom of Hell, bedraggled as they are on their pitiless journey into the Underworld, with each passing vignette of misery and torment they face naturally becoming more and more difficult to behold. Now in the Sixth Circle of Hell, our pair find themselves […]
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“Son, thou now beholdest The souls of those whom anger overcame; And likewise I would have thee know for certain Beneath the water people are who sigh And make this water bubble at the surface” The United States has a long history with anger, and though this may sound bad when read aloud, in truth some […]
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We come once again upon Dante and Virgil, who now find themselves amidst the damned in the Fourth Circle of Hell. Here upon Virgil has some choice words for Dante on the subject of greed and its ill-effects on people and nations alike: …behold the transient farce Of goods that are committed unto Fortune, For […]
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Now fully entrenched in the pitiless deep, Dante and his guide Virgil (of Medea fame), awake to find themselves wallowing in mire and filth falling from the sky, like a kind of sludgy rain, while Cerberus, the three-headed beast found in many a Greek myth looms above them, presumably to guard this, the Third Circle of Hell. […]
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I came into a place mute of all light, Which bellows as the sea does in a tempest, If by opposing winds‘t is combated. The infernal hurricane that never rests Hurtles the spirits onward in its rapine; Canto V, lines 28-32 I’ll admit it: there are potent arguments for and against fear as a motivator. Items in the […]
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“There, as it seemed to me from listening, Were lamentations none, but only sighs, That tremble made the everlasting air.” Inferno: Canto IV, Stanza 9 The First Ring of Hell: Limbo So, as Dante walked through the Gates of Hell, he eventually emerged within its first section – a drab, grey place known as Limbo. Limbo, […]
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“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita…” Introduction: I’m 36 at the time of this writing, just about the same age as Dante Alighieri – “halfway along our life’s path” – when he himself descended into the Hell, noble Virgil (and occasionally Beatrice) at his side. Dante, I should mention, was not received into Hell as are most: […]
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